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Growing Raspberries - Facts

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  • Plant
  • Harvest
  • Temperature to plant
  • Planting depth
  • Spacing
  • Sunlight
  • Direction
  • Drainage
  • pH level
  • Companion plants
  • Health benefits

November to March

May to June

60F

Bare root of plant

Canes 18 inches apart

6-8 +

North to south

Well drained

5.5 – 6.5

Chives, garlic, onions, leeks

Gallic acid, quercetin, Vitamin C

Seven Steps to Growing Raspberries

Growing raspberries in containers or in the ground at home is easy, just follow these 7 steps.

Introduction

Raspberries are a popular summer fruit and can be used to make jams, sauces, juices and other delicious treats for yourself and your family. However, you must always consider several things when you are growing your own raspberries, and we will discuss them here.

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Soil type

soil type
Soil Type for Raspberries

Raspberries like soil that is really rich in nutrients, so if you have chickens or other sources of animal manure, use this strategically to prepare a rich soil for them. They do not like frozen soil, so the ground should be properly thawed before planting.

Versatile Raspberries Like a Variety of Soil

Both clay and sandy soil can be used for growing your raspberries. However, you must ensure that the soil drains very well. Consider using raised beds for your raspberries if you find that the soil is always very wet. This will help to provide the kind of drainage they need to thrive.

Adding Lime

Raspberries thrive in a 5.5 to 6.5 pH level, so sometimes you may need to alter the characteristics of the soil to get what you want. if you are not sure what type of acidity or alkalinity is present in your garden, do a soil analysis. This is easy to do with the help of your local farm store or agriculture outreach office. 

In some cases, you can think about using lime in your garden to make the soil have a higher pH.

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Seeding

seeding
Preparing Bare Roots for your Raspberry Patch

Raspberries are grown from bare roots and will last up to 15 years if you care for them properly. This means that the soil also needs to be prepared well, so you can enjoy delicious raspberries with your homemade ice cream for years to come. 

The bare roots can be planted once the frost is over, in early spring, and should always be replanted tat the same depth they were originally at. Always apply a layer of mulch after you plant the bare roots.

Choosing the Right Variety

Raspberries are really easy to grow, and many people make their selection of a particular variety based on taste. most varieties will grow well and bear all year long while some only bear in the summer. Some are more resistant to disease than others. 

The plants that bear right through the year will even produce tasty berries in the fall.

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Planting

planting
Planting Raspberries

Raspberries like open areas with a lot of sun. Raspberry plants like to be exposed to sunlight at least 6 to 8 hours of the day. Since diseases can be spread from eggplants to raspberries, do not select an area where you have previously planted eggplants or tomatoes, since this may lead to wilting.

Containers

If you are looking to plant your raspberries in a container, ensure the pot is at least 5 gallons, the bigger the better.  The roots like to grow far, so having a large pot gives the plant more chance.  Plant in the spring to allow for continued growth into the summer. 

Ensure your container has drainage, like gravel.  Follow the rest of the steps to be successful and fertilize the soil yearly as there will be none traveling from the ground.

Place against a wall or use caines or trellis for the plants to grow along, which will promote the growth.

Spacing

Raspberries like their space. Remember that you will need to prune the plants, so leave enough space for any member of your family to move freely around the plants to prune them. If you use a hedgerow, space the rows up to 12 feet apart.

Raspberry Companion Plants

Raspberry plants are usually improved by companion plants. Cover crops like Japanese millet can be grown for just one season. After that, they can readily be tilled in to add nutrients to the soil.

 Also consider adding spring oats and winter rye to be used as cover crops for raspberry. Garlic, chives, leeks and onions will repel certain animals and insects.

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Watering

watering

Raspberries can rot if they get too much water. Ensure that the soil has good drainage and you water regularly. If they get enough water, they will produce more fruit.

Watering While Fruiting

When raspberries are fruiting, they need 1 to 2 inches of water a week. Always ensure that when you touch the soil, it feels a little moist but not soggy. A drip line is always better than overhead irrigation for these plants.

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Care

care

Companion plants can help to deter many of the pests that can destroy your raspberry plants. Consider planting yarrow, which repels harlequin beetles. Others pests include Japanese beetles, squash beetles and ants.

Attract Bees

Like other fruit, raspberries require pollination, so it is important to attract bees to your raspberry patch with plants like yarrow and tansy. Yarrow helps to repel certain insects as well, while garlic repels rabbits and deer.

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Harvesting

harvest

Raspberries must be picked as soon as they ripen. This usually occurs in midsummer and until the first frost, depending on the variety that you choose to grow. They will not ripen any further after you remove them from the vine. They will be firm and bright red when they are ready to be picked.

Selecting Berries

Do not pick any raspberries that have a hole. That means an insect has already bitten their way inside and that berry will spoil quickly, leading to spoilage of the others in your basket.

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Storing

storing

No one wants to see fuzz on the raspberries that they have worked so hard to cultivate. Do wash your raspberries if you are not planning on eating them right away. Select a breathable container and place them in there, in your fridge.

Freezing Raspberries

If you plan to enjoy your raspberries for a long time, freeze them. You can simply wash them properly, dry them with a paper towel and put them in small quantities in a sealed bag or a plastic container. Once frozen they will keep for up to 12 months.

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